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September 16, 2017

Identity + Innovation

For Canada 150 and Ontario 150, and also our 15th Doors Open Waterloo Region, our dual theme offers a sample of who we are and what we do.

Visit nearly two dozen first-time Doors Open sites as well as 15 years of favourites: 50 participating sites in all, selected for their architecture, their heritage, or the interesting things going on inside. Some sites have all three! 

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto.

The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031.

Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away. Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university.

Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

Do you want to get involved?

If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open Waterloo Region 2017, send us an email at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca.

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44 Gaukel

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44 Gaukel Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1962-64
Architect: Barnett and Rieder Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A former postal depot, 44 Gaukel connects Waterloo Region’s innovative tech world to its vibrant arts and culture sector. Kitchener’s only combined arts and technology hub is the result of a partnership between the Accelerator Centre (a tech incubator that creates globally competitive technologies) and ArtsBuild Ontario (a provincial organization providing solutions for building, managing and financing sustainable creative spaces).

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Agfa HealthCare and Cora Building

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375 Hagey Blvd.
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Laird Robertson, Robertson Simmons Architects Inc.
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See Agfa demonstrate its state-of-the-art medical image viewer (which physicians around the world use to diagnose patients), monitoring platform (which helps hospitals provide uninterrupted care), and environmentally-friendly Datacentre server room. Also, learn about the green features of this LEED Gold-certified building and the upcoming net positive (energy-contributing) building from the owners, The Cora Group.

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Ayr Public School

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105 Hall Street
Ayr, Ontario
Year built: 1890, with later additions
Architect: King and Gouinlock
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This school building is one of the most attractive and oldest still in operation in the Waterloo Region District School Board – with detailed yellow brickwork, a fish-scale slate roof and an open wooden belfry. Inside, sections of the original wainscoting, wood trim and main stairs remain. Many photos, books and other memorabilia will be on display.

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Button Factory Arts

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25 Regina Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1886
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A button factory until 1944, this successful adaptive reuse retains many original architectural features. The building has been home to the Waterloo Community Arts Centre and Button Factory Arts since 1993. Join them at 3 p.m. for an illustrated talk – The Grand and the Land: Indigenous History in this Place – by Phil Monture (Six Nations of the Grand River).

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Carmel of St. Joseph, The

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1127 Carmel-Koch Road
Wilmot Township, Ontario
Year built: 1963, with additions
Architect: Horton and Ball
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A cloister of Carmelite nuns moved to this modern, Spanish-style monastery in 1963. The sisters’ mission is to pray for the needs of all people. Visit the chapel, meet some of the sisters in the visitors’ area and explore the gift shop/meeting room. Guided tours, audiovisual presentations and displays will explain the sisters’ simple life of prayer, work and community.

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Cedars Worship Centre, The

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543 Beechwood Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
Telephone: 519-746-6080
Year built: 1996
Architect: Charles Simon
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now a house of prayer for all peoples, Canada’s first purpose-built Jewish-Christian worship centre is a testament to friendship – designed and built by Westminster United Church and Temple Shalom (Reform) – which share the sanctuary, with its distinctive peaked skylights and dual focus of worship. Doors Open visitors are welcome to attend the Jewish Shabbat service from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

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CIGI Campus

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67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Built on the historical Seagram Distillery site, this award-winning building houses Canada’s pre-eminent think-tank on global issues: the Centre for International Governance Innovation. The Oxbridge-style complex – which features a signature bell tower, courtyard with public art, and 250-seat auditorium – is also home to the Balsillie School of International Affairs, one of Canada’s leading graduate schools and research centres.

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Col. J.A. McIntosh, DSO, ED Armoury

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1 Valour Place
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1914
Architect: Chief Architect's Branch (David Ewart), Department of Public Works
Building type: Military
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada, based here, recently celebrated 150 years of service to Waterloo Region and Canada, and is among Canada’s oldest infantry regiments. Their Federal Heritage Building has one of the region’s best-preserved interiors: original ceilings, doors, flooring, leaded glass, panelling, trim, and cabinetry, and a main floor drill hall. Its museum preserves the region’s military heritage.

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Communitech Data Hub, The

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14 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1880-c.1900 in stages; renovated 2016-17
Architect: D.W. Gingerich (1880); RAW Design (2016-17)
Style: Neoclassical
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tours only

The best address for data-driven entrepreneurs, this collaborative office space houses companies that are revolutionizing the way we leverage and commercialize data. Originally built for Ontario Mutual Life Assurance, the building has been home to other insurers and later served as a police station. It has retained much of its heritage character, inside and out.

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Communitech Hub, The

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151 Charles Street West, Suite 100
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1896-1956; renovations 2008-10, 2011-12, 2015-16
Architect: C.E. Cowan (1896); RAWdesign (2008-10, 2011-12)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided tours only

The Hub is a clubhouse for the Waterloo Region tech ecosystem and home base to Communitech, celebrating 20 years in 2017. It occupies 7,432 square metres (80,000 square feet) in Kitchener’s historical Lang Tannery. Dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation, their unique model brings together key players, from early-stage companies to multinationals, government agencies, academic institutions, tech incubators and accelerators.

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Detweiler Meetinghouse

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3445 Roseville Road
Roseville, Ontario
Year built: 1855
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restorations returned Ontario’s only surviving stone Mennonite meetinghouse to its 1855 appearance, from its Georgian hand-blown windows to original pine floors. Its beauty and acoustics make it attractive for performances, weddings and reunions. Stroll the grounds and historical cemetery, and enjoy this rare site. Join them for an 11 a.m. talk: Life in the Detweiler Neighbourhood 150 Years Ago.

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Dunfield Theatre Cambridge

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46 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 2013
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Building type: Theatre
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dunfield Theatre Cambridge is a state-of-the art facility designed as the hub for Drayton Entertainment’s seven theatres. Sneak a peek behind the scenes, where the magic of live theatre is created. Enjoy expert-led guided tours with exclusive access to the props and wardrobe departments, construction and paint shop, performers’ dressing rooms, rehearsal halls and, of course, the stage itself.

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Fashion History Museum

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74 Queen Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1928, 1973
Architect: T.W. Fuller, Chief Architect, Department of Public Works
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hespeler Post Office operated here from 1929-93. The museum opened in 2015 with a collection of over 12,000 items from the past 300 years. The exhibition Fashioning Canada Since 1867 marks Canada 150 with 67 artifacts celebrating Canadian fashion design, manufacturing and retailing, as well as national identity. Join special curator-led tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

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Findaway Equestrian Services Inc.

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560 Snyder's Road East
Baden, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour the 35-stall barn with its resident horses, see riding demonstrations and get close to the horses for petting and photos. With a 1,486-square-metre (16,000-square-foot) indoor riding arena, large outdoor sand ring and back field, Findaway operates year round. Boarding, training, trailering, lessons, camps and horse shows are offered for competitive and casual riders of all ages and skill levels.

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Galt Carnegie Library Building

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34 Water Street North
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1903
Architect: F.W. Mellish
Style: Classical revival
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Its monumental, ornate stone beaux arts portico with Ionic columns and other fine sculptural work makes this the grandest of Waterloo Region’s surviving Carnegie library buildings. The building owners have retained many original interior elements. Inside, find intricate ceiling plasterwork, pillars and pilasters, restored wood trim and broad staircase, and both stained and leaded glass.

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Google Kitchener-Waterloo office

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51 Breithaupt Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: c. 1904, 2015, 2016
Architect: C.E. Cowan (1904), B+H Architects (2015), InStudio (2016)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; pre-registered guided tours only

Note: Pre-registered 15-minute guided tours only (visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen for registration instructions). In 2015 Google opened its new office in the Breithaupt Block, a former rubber footwear factory. The 17,187-square-metre (185,000-square-foot) headquarters will be home to more than 800 engineers. As always, Google thoughtfully considered sustainability in design, materials and décor when creating its unique Kitchener-Waterloo office.

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Heritage Mausoleums, Woodland Cemetery

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119 Arlington Blvd. (parking for 10 vehicles across from each mausoleum entrance; do not block stairs; overflow Doors Open parking on Arlington Blvd.)
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1924-28
Architect: Cameron and Ralston
Building type: Cemetery
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rarely open, these large and fascinating community mausoleums are practically unchanged since construction. Inside both stone-clad buildings, find superb stained glass, marble of various colours, decorative plaster and bronze crypt gates. Discover the “biographies” of these buildings. Kitchener Public Library’s Karen Ball-Pyatt will share obituaries of the interred. Occupancy in each building is limited to 20 visitors at a time.

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Hespeler Community Church

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18 Tannery Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1892; 1904; later additions
Architect: J. Francis Brown (1904)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Salvation Army (TSA) recently marked 130 years in Hespeler. TSA has been meeting in this building, built as Hespeler Baptist Church, since 1951. Original interior details include the windows and pressed tin ceiling. The church provides Thursday community lunches and other social services. CDs and books will be available free of charge, and live music will be performed.

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Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church

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131 Victoria Street South
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1926
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This church is the spiritual and cultural home to generations of Ukrainian immigrants and Canadians of Ukrainian descent. The traditional Byzantine interior has outstanding painted iconography, an ornate carved wood iconostasis and a glorious brass chandelier. Join them for a talk at 2 p.m. – Iconography: Windows into Heaven, by Father Myroslaw Tataryn, theologian and professor at St. Jerome’s University.

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Imperial Suites, The

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214 Mill Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
Year built: 1872; 1902; 2015
Architect: Laird Robertson, Robertson Simmons Architects Inc. (2015)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Note: Access by guided tour only, for the first 20 visitors to arrive. This neglected hotel was transformed into apartments with ground-floor retail, with an Edwardian-inspired red-brick addition. Paint was removed, window bays reopened, details rebuilt and damage repaired. Tour guides will describe the restoration project. See an apartment, worksite artifacts, an 1890s French fireplace and more!

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ION Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility (OMSF)

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518 Dutton Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2015
Architect: AECOM
Building type: Transportation, Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As finishing touches are put on Waterloo Region’s new ION light rail transit system, tour the OMSF – a LEED Silver-certified transit facility that houses the ION control centre, as well as storage and maintenance for all 14 ION trains. See the train maintenance bays and car wash, and tour one of the trains.

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Islamic Centre of Cambridge, The

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1550 Dunbar Road
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1992; 2004
Architect: Guido E. Laikve
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Centre, with its majestic copper dome and minaret, houses a mosque and school. Visit the bright multi-level prayer hall. The large mihrab – the prayer niche in the wall facing Mecca – is beautifully crafted of wood, as is the mimber – the stairway and lectern from which sermons are delivered. Enjoy interactive guided tours, family activities, gifts, snacks and Islamic movies.

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KidsAbility Centre for Child Development

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500 Hallmark Drive
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1995
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrating 60 years of “Potential Realized!” Since 1957, more than 60,000 children and youth with special needs have been empowered to live richer lives through the therapy and support services provided. Tour the site, which boasts one of Waterloo Region’s first accessible playgrounds. Enjoy interactive demonstrations and accessible games. Learn about KidsAbility’s Resource Centre, which is available to anyone.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Gurdwara (Golden Triangle Sikh Association)

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2070 Snyder's Road East
Petersburg, Ontario
Year built: 1983; additions 2005, 2013
Architect: R. Ritz
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The land for the Gurdwara (Sikh temple) was purchased in 1978 – a first for Ontario. Everyone is welcome, as Sikhs strongly believe in equality, humility, service and that God has many names but is one for all peoples. There will be guided tours and snacks. Every Gurdwara has a kitchen, offering free food to all who come.

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Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.

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301 Victoria Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1985; additions in 1995 and 2004
Architect: The Walter Fedy Partnership
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Behind the scenes at this municipally owned electricity distribution company, tour an operational transformer station and modern distribution system control room – and find out what happens when the power goes out! There are safe, hands-on activities for children; interactive displays about energy conservation, electrical safety and LED lights, as well as Touch-a-Truck, which features specialized trucks and equipment.

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Knox's Galt Presbyterian Church

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2 Grand Avenue South (Queen's Square)
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1869
Architect: James A. Smith
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is one of Waterloo Region’s largest and oldest church buildings. It has skillful stonemasonry in limestone and quarry-faced granite, excellent proportions, a soaring tower, buttresses, a slate roof, large pointed-arch windows and two of the region’s few stone grotesques. Inside, the vast nave has a deep gallery with an intricate metalwork railing and elegant arch-braces supporting the high ceiling.

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Knox United Church

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92 Northumberland Street
Ayr, Ontario
Year built: 1887-88; restored 2009
Architect: Gordon and Helliwell
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Knox underwent careful restorations in 2009. Behind the impressive brick exterior, the sanctuary has changed little, with restored stained glass, much original woodwork and a sweeping gallery. The church is well used, opening its doors for worship and fellowship, a women's outreach group, a preschool, a Scouts Canada group, an academy of music, a food bank program, dinners and more.

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Language Lessons at St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centre

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80 Young Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1958
Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m.; sessions on the hour (Noon, 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m.), first 25 visitors to arrive

Try on a new language: Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish and more! Celebrating 40 years, the St. Louis International Languages Program offers up to 20 languages free to children, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, while adults and youth can fulfill secondary school language credits. Sample this multilingual program, where everyone is invited to learn a language!

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Lazaridis Hall

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64 University Avenue West (free Doors Open parking: Gold Permit spots at Lazaridis Hall and Gold Permit lot behind St. Michael’s Church next door)
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2016-17
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Building type: Green building
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The stunning 20,439-square-metre (220,000-square-foot) space was designed for student interaction and collaboration. It is home to Wilfrid Laurier University's internationally accredited Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. See the bamboo garden in the four-storey glass atrium, the signature drum-shaped lecture hall, the green roof and more. The building is also targeted to become LEED Gold certified.

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Livingston Presbyterian Church and Baden Masonic Centre

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44 Beck Street
Baden, Ontario
Year built: 1895; 1935
Architect: Charles Knechtel (1895)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the only Presbyterian, and only heritage-designated, church in Wilmot Township. It has fine memorial stained-glass windows and vintage benches and woodwork. In the 1935 addition is the Baden Masonic Centre, comprised of Wilmot Lodge No. 318 (chartered 1874) and New Dominion Lodge No. 205 (chartered 1868), where visitors can learn about Masonry and see historical furnishings and artifacts.

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MartinSimmons Architects Inc.

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200-113 Breithaupt Street
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2015
Architect: MartinSimmons Architects (previously Robertson Simmons Architects)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For its new office, MartinSimmons converted a former light manufacturing building into a contemporary space that demonstrates its brand of architectural excellence. The redesign created a more efficient building envelope, including a dramatic new clerestory window that allows natural light deep into the interior. The exterior features cost-effective corrugated siding in monolithic black – hiding a surprising, bright white “core” inside.

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McDougall Cottage

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89 Grand Avenue South
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: c. 1858
Building type: Museum
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

McDougall Cottage is a vernacular granite and local limestone cottage with spectacular hand-painted trompe l’oeil friezes and ceilings and a charming garden. A museum and interpretive centre for Scottish culture, it presents lectures, workshops, a Musician-in-Residence program, kitchen ceilidhs, Tartan Teas and walking tours. More than Haggis and Kilts: How the Scots Shaped Canada exhibition (July 29 to September 24).

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McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

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10B Victoria Street South (free Doors Open parking: UW Lot 3; enter from Joseph Street)
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The subdued design of this School of Medicine, in the heart of Kitchener’s Innovation District, contrasts with that of its landmark neighbour, the School of Pharmacy. Tour the campus, including a clinical skills laboratory with four observation rooms, video-conferencing classrooms and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with a high-definition video system. 

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Middleton Water Pumping Station

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50 Middleton Street
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1890-91
Architect: attributed to civil engineer Willis Chipman
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take the rare opportunity to see inside this landmark pumping station. The pump room and pump house office have changed little in 100 years, with original ceilings, trim, walls and other fixtures and artifacts. One pump still draws water; decommissioned pumps are in place and carefully preserved. Additional facilities have increased station capacity to 40.3 million litres daily.

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Old Hespeler Town Hall (The Hespeler Heritage Centre)

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11 Tannery Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1914-15
Architect: John Evans, Evans & Fulford
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This handsome building originally housed municipal offices, but is now home to the archives and historical displays of The Company of Neighbours – volunteers dedicated to promoting and preserving Hespeler history and community. The building also houses Cambridge Fire Department Station 2 and the former town council chambers. Photos, memorabilia and artifacts will be brought to life by knowledgeable hosts.

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Ontario Christian Gleaners

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1550 Morrison Road
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 2008
Architect: Tacoma Engineers
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How are the people of Waterloo Region helping to feed people around the world using the local harvest? This nine-year-old operation, affectionately known as The Gleaners, produces over 6 million servings of food each year for people in more than 40 countries. Visitors will see how surplus local produce is transformed into nutritious dried vegetable mixes and fruit snacks.

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Ontario Drive & Gear Limited (ODG)

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3551 Bleams Road
New Hamburg, Ontario
Year built: 1970 (Plant 1); 2000 (Plant 2)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; access by guided tour only; closed-toe shoes required

Ontario Drive & Gear Limited (ODG) was founded in 1962, specializing in the design and production of gears and power transmissions. Tour ODG’s state-of-the-art headquarters where it designs, manufactures, assembles and tests top-quality gears and transmissions, as well as the best-selling amphibious extreme-terrain vehicle: the ARGO. See where ARGO XTVs are assembled and tested.

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Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

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31 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, Ontario
Telephone: 519-883-4480
Year built: 2004 (Perimeter Institute), 2011 (Stephen Hawking Centre expansion)
Architect: Saucier + Perrotte (2004), Teeple Architects (2011)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; pre-registered guided tours only

Note: Registration begins at 9 a.m. August 7 at www.perimeterinstitute.ca/tickets or 519-883-4480 (for accessible tours, please call). Perimeter Institute’s award-winning design fosters interdisciplinary research into the workings of the universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Step inside and learn more about their renowned research, training and outreach programs. Tours are free but timed tickets are required.

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Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home)

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379 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1878; addition 2001
Architect: Robert J. Dyck (2001)
Style: Italianate
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This Italianate-style residence was “modernized” with Queen Anne updates around 1900. Home of insurance broker J.M. Staebler, and later the J.M. Schneider family, the house and coach house contain original woodwork, stained glass, decorative plasterwork and an elaborate fireplace and mantelpiece. During Doors Open, Polocorp will also host the Barra on Queen sales centre opening. All are welcome!

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Ram Dham Hindu Temple and Brahmvidya Yogashram

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525 Bridge Street East
Kitchener, Ontario
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; enlightening talk and guided meditation at 11 a.m.

Through worship and cultural, social and educational activities, the Brahmrishi Mission of Canada shares Vedic ideology, which is based on unity in diversity, universal kinship among all peoples, love and service. See the altar with its colourful life-size statuary. Please wear clothing that extends below the knees. No shoes allowed in the prayer hall. No photography in the altar area.

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St. Andrew's Hespeler Presbyterian Church

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73 Queen Street East
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1908-10; 1988
Architect: Taylor & Taylor (1908-10)
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; pipe organ recitals at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

This stone church has changed little since it was built. The original interior includes a beautifully decorated pipe organ, detailed woodwork, an arch-braced ceiling and stained-glass windows by Luxfer of Toronto, which were restored by the same firm within the past 10 years.

Full wheelchair access
Washrooms

SRM Architects Inc.

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279 King Street West, Suite 200
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1960, renovated 2013
Architect: Barnett and Rieder Architects (1960), SRM Architects Inc. (2013)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore the architect’s craft with a behind-the-scenes look at where SRM’s designs are created. The firm relocated to downtown Kitchener in 2014, transforming the excellent 1960 Imperial Bank of Canada building into an open-concept office. The juxtaposition of exposed ceilings – highlighting the existing structure – coupled with modern interior design elements, provides a unique visual appeal.

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University of Waterloo Library Special Collections & Archives

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200 University Avenue West (free Doors Open parking: Lot HV or at St. Jerome’s University College and Renison University College)
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1964, 1970
Architect: Shore and Moffat and Partners
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.

If you’ve used a smartphone, sent secure information online, worn contact lenses, driven an Internet-connected vehicle or read a tobacco warning, University of Waterloo research has touched your life. The university celebrates 60 years of innovation in 2017. Tour Special Collections and Archives.  Join an illustrated talk by the university’s official historian, distinguished professor emeritus Ken McLaughlin, at 1 p.m.

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Guided tours available
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University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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10A Victoria Street South (free Doors Open parking: University of Waterloo Lot 3; enter from Joseph Street)
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This building represents a unique investment in downtown renewal. It optimizes natural light and uses organic materials to create a welcoming environment. Tour labs and classrooms, and learn about the expanding role of pharmacists in Canada. 2 p.m. talk by one of Canada’s top architects, Siamak Hariri, co-presented by University of Waterloo School of Architecture, celebrating 50 years in 2017.

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Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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University of Waterloo Science Teaching Complex

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200 University Avenue West (free Doors Open parking at St. Jerome’s University College/Renison University College, off Westmount Road, and Lot HV)
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2015
Architect: ZAS Architects + Interiors Inc.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit a lab, experience hands-on science activities, attend a mini-lecture and explore interactive displays at the complex – a hub of activity where students can learn, question, experiment and socialize. Located in the heart of the University of Waterloo, the new student-centred building physically bridges past and future, joined to both the Biology 1 and 2 buildings from the 1960s.

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Washrooms
Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
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Waterloo County Gaol and Governor's House

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77 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1852-53 (gaol); 1878 (Governor's House)
Architect: Mellish & Russell (gaol); D.W. Gingerich (Governor's House)
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gaol access by guided tour only

Community action saved these landmarks from an uncertain fate. The massive granite Gaol houses Provincial Offences courtrooms, and the stately Victorian Governor’s House is home to the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC). For Canada 150, WRCPC is shining a light on the deep roots of restorative justice in Waterloo Region. Also, the interactive Justice Storytelling Quilt will be displayed.

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French services available
Kid-friendly
Guided tours available
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Waterloo Masjid

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213 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1984
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Waterloo Masjid is a good example of modern Islamic architecture, with a prominent minaret and a bright, beautiful prayer hall under a domed skylight. Enjoy interactive guided tours, an Islamic poster exhibition and Islamic documentary screenings throughout the day, along with free, tasty snacks and gifts. A great site to visit for the whole family. Everyone is welcome!

French services available
National Historic Site (Canada)
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Waterloo Pioneers Memorial Tower

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300 Lookout Lane
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1926; restored 1997-2002
Architect: William Langton
Building type: Historic landmark
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will have rare access to the observation deck of this picturesque tower, commemorating the arrival of Pennsylvania-Germans to Waterloo Region c. 1800, and built partly as a goodwill response to anti-German sentiment during the First World War. Its random-coursed fieldstone construction, tapered Swiss copper roof and Conestoga wagon weathervane reflect the origin and farming lifestyle of these early settlers.

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Wilfrid Laurier University Library

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Albert Street between Seagram Drive and University Avenue West (free Doors Open parking: Gold Permit spots, Lots 1, 13 and 14)
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1965, 1971, 1984
Architect: Kruschen and Dailey
Building type: Library
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This library has transformed into a 21st-century hub of ideas, culture and interactivity. Visit the new makerspace and experiential learning zone, the Robert Langen Art Gallery, Laurier Archives (with collections dating to the 1500s), WLU Press (among Canada’s leading scholarly publishers), an outdoor sunken garden/amphitheatre, and other re-energized spaces. Experience art installations, including an exhibition by local female painters.

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Young Chapel and Heritage Mausoleum, Mount View Cemetery

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80 Blenheim Road
Cambridge, Ontario
Year built: 1928-29 (chapel); c. 1920 (mausoleum)
Architect: G.R. Gouinlock (chapel)
Style: Gothic revival
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Built for James Young, MP in Canada’s first parliament, the rarely opened chapel remains unchanged, including original hammer-beam trusses, chandeliers, bracket lights, furniture, stained glass, family crypt, holding vault, two-floor casket hoist and superb stonemasonry. Also, the limestone-clad mausoleum, usually closed to the public, contains hundreds of crypts, a polished marble interior, and seven original non-pictorial stained-glass windows.